Blogging is not a business by itself. It is only a promotional platform. – David Risley
You do not have a blog or a website yet? Seriously? It is 2017 man!
Honestly, I did not expect anyone to read my post because I thought that anyone already has a blog. But when I saw the number of people searching how to create a blog I was shocked and decided to write an article to show you how to start your own blog/website, get a host with a free domain, and install WordPress to manage your website’s content.
As shown in the image above, every month, more than 40k people are searching for how to create a blog, 74k are searching for how to start a blog, and if we considered all the other terms and long tail searches, such as how to create a website, we may end up with hundreds of thousands of monthly searches!
Any website needs a memory space to which the website is uploaded; this space is known as the host of your website. Also, any website needs a domain name, this domain is unique for each website and has an extension such as .com, .net, or .org (actually, there are too many extensions). Of course, our domain is selfsta.com :))
- Part 1. Choosing the best web host.
- Here are two of the best hosting providers on the internet.
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- Part 2. How to install WordPress like a professional.
Part 1. Choosing the best web host.
Host prices differ depending on the specifications of the hosting package.
There are two types of hosting, shared host and dedicated server.
offers you to upload your website to a server that has many other websites uploaded.
The dedicated host
offers you a server for your website only, which means more capacity, memory, and, of course, more cost.
There are too many host providers on the internet. Each one has advantages and disadvantage. Depending on your needs, you decide from which company to buy the hosting.
Here are two of the best hosting providers on the internet.
iPage is based in Burlington, MA in the United States. It has been in the hosting business since 1996, although it was acquired by the Endurance International Group in 2009. iPage is designed to help small business get access to simple, low-cost hosting. Alongside its hosting plans, it offers a range of design and support services.
If you’re looking for hosting that skips the technical jargon, iPage could be the right choice. It markets two plans prominently on its home page, both of which are aimed at freelancers and micro-businesses. While it does offer VPS and dedicated hosting, it doesn’t focus on those packages quite so much. — Claire Broadley.
Advantages of iPage.
1- They offer 81% discount for the first time purchase ($1.99/mo).
2- Unlimited disc space.
3- Free domain name (As mentioned above) for the life of your hosting account.
4- Free Unlimited Emails.
5- Unlimited websites.
6- Unlimited bandwidth.
7- Very helpful support.
8- 30 days money-back guarantee on all hosting plans.
Disadvantages of iPage.
— No uptime money-back guarantee. domain name and setup fees are not included in the money-back guarantee. Also, the money-back guarantee is applicable only when you pay with your credit card.
When you signup now you will get a special introductory offer ($1.99/month). Regular price is $10.95/mo. Plus a free domain name of your choice for the life of your host!
Many people find it easy to purchase their domain name and hosting from the same provider. If you’re one of those people, Namecheap offer competitive packages with all of the features you’ll need to get started – it’s good to see cPanel being offered, and the company is well-established. if you’re primarily looking for an affordable domain name with convenient hosting, Namecheap could be ideal for you. – From HowIsHostingThis
NameCheap was established on domain name registration in 2000. They offered website hosting since 2006.
1- Very Competitive prices.
2- If you are going to start small, you do not have to pay more than what you need because they have tiny plans (starting from $9.88 per year).
3- Very very honest, trusted, and dedicated to helping you when you want a support.
4- They have all types of domain names, new TLDs, and personal domains. The best thing is that they offer very competitive prices, especially for the first year of purchasing any domain (some domains are 0.88/yr).
Disadvantages of NameCheap.
They are not specialized in web hosting as they are in domain registration, so you may not expect the same performance of other hosting companies.
My advice here is to use NameCheap for small business, your blog for example, or purchasing your domains. The “value” plan costs you $9.88 for the first year (Renewal price $38.88/year) and gives you the ability to host up to 3 websites with unlimited bandwidth and 20GB SSD-Accelerated Disk Space.
WordPress is the most common and powerful content management system. It is recommended by all bloggers. Statistically, there are over 500 websites are being created on WordPress every day. Around 26.4% of the web is powered by WordPress.
Part 2. How to install WordPress like a professional.
Watch this video to learn how to install WordPress. Notice that, the video shows this process on iPage hosting. If you use another hosting provider, you will find the steps to be almost the same.
After following this guide, you should have your own blog/website created and alive. The next thing you have to do is to publish your content. I will publish several articles, very soon, to teach you how to optimize your website for search engines and how to make your website look better by installing beautiful themes for WordPress. Then we will learn about WordPress plugins to add more functionality and get the most of the work done for you automatically. What you have to do this moment after creating your website is to publish the content.
Author: Mohamed Abdul Jalil
A second-year metallurgical student, I love blogging, I also work as a web designer and developer. I created this blog to help you dig into freelancing and start your own business.